Julie Peasgood is a TV presenter, travel expert and Contributing Editor for Cruise International

Expert cruise advice Getting married at sea

Q: My fiancé and I love the idea of being married at sea by the ship’s captain. Which cruise lines would you recommend?

A: The romance of marrying at sea – along with a built-in cruise for your honeymoon – has become so popular that cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean International and Carnival Cruise Line’s now charge an additional fee for weddings at peak times of the year – usually between April and September or on Valentine’s Day. But tying the knot at sea – or on shore in a port of call, if you prefer – generally works out less expensive than back at home,
and lines have dedicated event organisers to make everything as hassle-free as possible.

The cruise lines allowing captains to officiate ceremonies are Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean and Cunard (all registered in Bermuda) plus Azamara and Celebrity (whose vessels are registered in Malta). Disney Cruise Line captains can lead wedding ceremonies on board or at Castaway Cay, but the legal service has to be conducted prior to sailing in the cruise terminal at Port Canaveral, while Holland America conducts weddings at its private island, Half Moon Cay. It’s also worth checking out Crystal Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line. But whoever you choose, make sure you plan at least four months ahead to ensure all the legalities and logistics are sorted. Good luck.

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